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July 23, 2020 COVID-19 headlines: decoding COVID-19's biology; relaxing quarantine sooner; and the United States is in the top 3 nations for COVID-19 deaths per capita.
Individuals who isolate because of COVID-19 infection “generally” can relax their quarantine and other precautions 10 days after symptoms started and without needing a new COVID-19 test, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The reduction in isolation time was based on studies that measured viral loads in recovering patients and on studies of confirmed cases within households.
Cells that have been infected with COVID-19 tend to sprout appendages called filopodial protrusions that may play a role in the virus’ ability to spread from cell to cell, according to a paper in Cell. These protrusions contain the protein CK2, which may be a new target for drug research.
The United States is not the only country grappling with COVID-19. In Australia, authorities are worried as new cases increase after many thought the pandemic had been stopped. Without vaccines, new outbreaks are almost inevitable, which is why face coverings, sanitation and social distancing must be maintained diligently.
A stunning analysis of deaths across the United States by the New York Times estimates that the actual COVID-19 death toll is about 30% higher than the 143,700 currently known.
An analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins finds that the United States has a relatively low death rate for COVID-19 (3.4%) but one of the highest death rates per 100,000 people (43.77.) Only Chile and the United Kingdom have higher per-capita death tolls from the pandemic.